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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July 2018.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The Future World Order: Arms Control

Fri., Sep. 25, 2020 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Online

The Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a discussion on the future of arms control, as part of a new HKS series on The Future World Order.  The participants will be Emma Belcher (Ploughshares Fund), Matthew Bunn (Belfer Center/Managing the Atom) and Steven E. Miller (Belfer Center/International Security Program).  Professor Stephen Walt (Belfer Center/ISP) will moderate.

BenBella Books

BenBella Books

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump

Wed., Sep. 23, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Online

A Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) seminar with William J. Perry and Tom Z. Collina on their new book  The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump.

The session is open to the public.  Please RSVP below for access to the Zoom link.

    Cascade of gas centrifuges used to produce enriched uranium in the U.S. gas centrifuge plant in Piketon, Ohio, 1984.

    DOE Photo

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    A-Bomb for the People: Domestic Drivers of Nuclear Latency

    Thu., June 4, 2020 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

    Online

    Speakers: Rebecca Davis Gibbons, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom; Ariel Petrovics, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

    Though only nine states in the world today are believed to possess their own nuclear weapons, many more states have the capability to pursue a nuclear bomb if they choose. This capability – or nuclear latency – has recently drawn attention in international relations scholarship, which largely focuses on the effects of latency on international deterrence, compellence, and bargaining. While this research helps explain the security benefits and motives that may drive states to pursue nuclear capabilities short of the bomb, it has yet to determine how domestic politics play into these considerations. This project explores how public opinion factors into state decisions to pursue or forgo latent nuclear capabilities. In doing so, it seeks to offer new insight into when and why latency can become a salient topic to domestic audiences, and the implications of these domestic drivers for the future of nonproliferation.

    Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:
    https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwuc-qrqj4pG90vSX2_VoG35zaE6L6mkPQt

    A Russian Delta IV submarine.

    Wikimedia Commons/RIA Novosti archive, image #895550 / Mikhail Fomichev / CC-BY-SA 3.0

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Explaining Change in Russian Nuclear Strategy After the Cold War

    Wed., June 3, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:00am

    Online

    A Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) seminar with Kristin Ven Bruusgaard, Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo.

    RSVP to receive Zoom link. Please note that this event will begin at 9:30 and end at 11:00 a.m., half an hour earlier than previous MTA seminars.

    A nuclear advanced designated marksman assists in a launch facility exercise.

    USAF/Beau Wade, 341st Missile Wing Public Affairs

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    A Sense of Purpose: The Bedrock of the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent

    Thu., May 21, 2020 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

    Online

    Speaker: Lt. Col. William C. Smith, Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

    How do leaders motivate Airmen to give their best to perform this unsung duty, day after day, for years at a time? A recent study found clarity of purpose to be the basis of verifiable mission success, purposeful leadership, and esprit de corps, which suggests that clearly communicating the higher purpose of their work to Airmen would help them find meaning in their tasks. A sense that their work is meaningful, the result of internalizing a higher purpose, underpins the safety and security cultures critical to a successful nuclear enterprise. The speaker will build on their findings by introducing five leadership concepts, identifying the particular importance each plays in providing a credible nuclear deterrent, and offering an effective method for implementation. These principles have broad application to organizational leadership as a whole, and if collectively and effectively implemented, would provide the bedrock for safe, secure, and effective nuclear operations.

    Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:
    https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvdO-sqT4oH9VljkvSrgNBBGATIdqGjGBY

    A TPS-75 radar in Southwest Asia

    U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Under the Nuclear Shadow: Situational Awareness Technology and Crisis Decisionmaking

    Wed., May 20, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:30am

    Online

    A Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) seminar with Rebecca Hersman, Director of the Project on Nuclear Issues and senior advisor for the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    First meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the Review Conference of the Parties to the NPT, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 1 April 1974.

    UN Photo

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    After the Negotiations: Understanding Multilateral Nuclear Arms Control

    Thu., May 14, 2020 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

    Online

    Speaker: Stephen Herzog, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

    Arms control has languished as a field of academic inquiry, despite a renaissance in nuclear security studies and significant advances in understanding proliferation. Few studies have attempted to emulate past academic shaping of arms control agreements and outcomes, with particularly limited emphasis on multilateral efforts. This is a problematic situation as the world looks beyond bilateral U.S.–Russian arms control toward the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT), Middle East Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (MENWFZ), and even the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). The speaker attempts to fill this gap by offering a theory of state entry into multilateral nuclear arms control agreements.

    Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:
    https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtc-mrqz8jH9coGNTF7bloNM75UeKB3bJW

    Temelín Nuclear Power Station in the Czech Republic

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Reimagining Nuclear Power Through Feminist Epistemologies

    Wed., May 13, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:30am

    A Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) seminar with Denia Djokić, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with MTA and Visiting Research Fellow at the HKS Program for Science, Technology and Society.

    The USS Pennsylvania, a nuclear-armed Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine

    U.S. Navy Photo

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Nuclear Platform Diversification: A New Dataset

    Thu., May 7, 2020 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

    Online

    Speakers: Giles David Arceneaux, Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

    Kyungwon Suh, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, Syracuse University

    The deterrent capacity of a state's nuclear forces is dependent upon the platforms and delivery systems that constitute the arsenal. The mere possession of nuclear weapons does not provide a robust deterrent and nuclear states cannot credibly deter potential adversaries with nuclear threats in the absence of adequate delivery capabilities. The project presents a new dataset that measures the possession of seven nuclear delivery platforms across all nuclear powers from 1945–2019, including: submarine-launched missiles, strategic land-mobile missiles, strategic solid-fuel missiles, nuclear cruise missiles, multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, long-range ballistic missiles, and tactical nuclear weapons.

    Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsf-6uqTwoHdZZJ3qqoP1Ohy78rsXBc5en